Film round-up: 09/06/2014 – 15/06/2014

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Exams are now over, days are getting longer and cinemas are filled up with a whole new bunch of films for when the weather man forgets it is nearly summer. Search no further for what is on this week; The Edge has the answer. 

NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage, a documentary directed by Jeremy Whelehan arrives on UK screens on Monday, offering a behind the scenes of the staging of Richard III, staring Kevin Spacey, Sam Mendes and the Bridge Project Company. 

Common People, a self-distributed film directed by Stewart Alexander, relates the romance and crisis on one of London’s commons. Tailoring six stories together and portraying over thirty characters, the film presents itself as a genuine depiction of ordinary people. 

The Hooligan Factory sees the release this week of British actor Nick Nerven’s (The Rise & Fall of a White Collar Hooligan) second film as a director. Danny is a student expelled from school, living with his grandfather, who deeply admires his estranged hooligan father. With Dex, a legendary football hooligan about to be released, they go on a journey throughout the UK in the hope to re-established their Hooligan Factory.

112 Weddings, Dogwoof documentary to be released this Friday, offers an inquisition into married life. The director, Doug Block, who spent two decades filming weddings, investigates what became of those married couples, with the following question in mind: what would be your advice for a young couple soon to be married? 


DevilsknotBelle, a costume drama directed by Amma Asante and staring TV-actors Matthew Goode and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, relates the story of an illegitimate mixed-raced daughter of Royal Navy Admiral and her life in the aristocracy.

Devil’s Knot will see Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth and Dan DeHaan on cinema screens this week. After the savage murder of three young children, three teenagers are put on trial and accused of Satanic rituals.

Oculus sounds to be satisfying for those wanting horror for this late spring. A woman tries to acquit her brother, who is accused of murder, arguing that the crime is due to a supernatural phenomenon. Based on a short-film by the same director, Mike Flanagan, the story seems to be involving a very strange mirror, and creepy reflections. 

A Perfect Plan, a rom-com directed by Pascal Chaumeil (Heartbreaker, Léon), sees Northern French actor Danny Boon hits the UK ground this Friday, co-staring Diane Kruger. In Isabelle’s family, every first marriage ends in a divorce. In order to break the curse, she decides to marry a random stranger before her boyfriend. 


l-extravagant-voyage-du-jeune-et-prodigieux-t-s-spivet-kyle-catlettT.S Spivet, staying within the French Touch, shows that acclaimed Amélie’s director Jean-Pierre Jeunet is back. Helena Bonham Carter and Robert Maillet star in the drama which is set in Montana. The film relates the story of a ten-year-old cartographer, who secretly leaves his family and travels across the country, by train, to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute. Thus signing his first story using the English language whilst keeping the aesthetics and topic of his previous film Micmacs à tire-larigot (2010), the film promises to be a poetic Western, in the vein of Wes Anderson’s pictures.

 

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